Friday, November 21, 2014

7 QT Friday from an Apparent Non-Blogger

Oh my goodness, getting time to do this blogging thing is hard to find lately!  I don't want to quit altogether because Declan deserves at least some of his babyhood documented, and I ain't no scrapbooker, much as I wish!  Joining up with Jen Kelly and the gang.

1)

CYO Basketball games have started up again.  Basketball season is pretty fun at our house this year, because J-P and Andrew are on the same team, and Eamon and Maggie are on the same team.  So there's half the practices and games of soccer season.  And basketball is kind of fun to watch - very fast paced, well...as they get older!

2)

Xander is loving preschool so much.  Every morning he wakes up and asks if it's a school day, and if the answer is "no" he has a fit.  He is growing up so much since turning three...he can get himself undressed and dressed (sometimes the shirt is backwards!), adores the alphabet crafts and "McPuter Class" (don't know why he's always called a computer a McPuter, but I'm not correcting him!)  


I think the teachers at school call him Alex, so now he responds to three names on the regular.  We'll see which one sticks.  I clearly remember when John-Paul was 9 and joined a new soccer team and the coach asked him his name, and he replied "J-P".  I was like , oh, I guess he's all grown up now.

3)

Around the house last night at 6:47...

~~~~~ Xander was asleep in bed ~~~~~

 Andrew was doing math homework, after serving Latin Mass...
Mom, enough already!
 Phil was feeding Declan...
Colleen, enough already!
The bookworms were reading...
Mom, enough already!

4)

We (me suggesting, Phil doing) rearranged some photos and now have a wall of 6 month olds!  



I think we need to get Declan's re-cropped because he looks so far away compared to Maggie and Xander.  Also, my 6 month old middle babies be fat!  And my bookend boys be skinny!

5)

My Christmas cards are all ordered and delivered and waiting to be mailed!  

What the what?!?!?  Who am I?  Turns out if you don't blog anymore, you have time to do more things around the house :)  

Here's a sneak peek...
Well, with more children and less servants - you get the idea!


6) 

Can you believe that it's Thanksgiving next week?  Xander loves helping us cook, and I taught him my secret ingredient to making food taste better ~ it's love.  So now he blows a kiss into whatever we're cooking, which makes me love him even more.

That's another way to go.

7)

You know what's even better than shopping on Black Friday?  Decorating the tree!  That's our tradition in the Martin house, and I love getting all the Christmas decorations out.  It's actually the only holiday I decorate for because my husband doesn't see the point, and I'm pretty lazy.  Here's a throwback to when our kids were cute little, and we only had four:

Maggie, always the drama queen.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving-prepping, Christmas shopping, fake tree decorating kind of weekend!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Counting my Blessings

So many times I have been overwhelmed this school year, purely by the number of bodies that we have in the house, that need to be fed, that require emotional support and physical affection.  

There are weak moments that I turn to Phil and declare "We have too many kids!" to which he patiently replies "And whom would you like to give back?"

Snaps me back to reality every time.  

This family is my reality.  These are our six children, given to us by God who makes no mistakes.  He is supplying the graces necessary to get through the hard days, and gives us so many glimpses of the pure joy and happiness that comes from life in a big family.  

We have our faith, great health, unconditional love, and we are truly blessed.  Seriously.  I can't even believe I have the nerve to complain sometimes. OK, let's be honest, a lot of the time.  I'm really trying to focus on all the good stuff...and count my blessings:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Breakfast on Cape Cod with the whole clan.

A trip to Trader Joe's with my funny toddler.

Homemade ice cream from my parent's old ice cream shop.

Enjoying the sweet things in life.

Learning to look past the skeleton sweatshirt that is worn every.single.day.

A family stroll on the Cape Cod Canal.

Boys being boys.

The happiest and easiest baby in all the land.

A toddler who turns into an awesome little boy with daily naps and individual attention.

Kids that crack me up on the daily.

So that maybe one day Phil will feel overwhelmed and say "We have too many children!" and I will honestly reply "I know, isn't it awesome?!?!"

Friday, November 7, 2014

7 Quick Takes On the First Friday in November

It's Friday!!  Joining Jen and the gang...

1)

Declan is 7 months!  


He still seems younger than that to me, as he is a petite little guy, but he is so loved around this house, it's awesome.


He's not sitting on his own very well yet, he loves baths and he loves to eat baby food - any and all veggies and fruits and oatmeal.  We never even used a baby spoon with him, just went straight to the big kid spoonfuls.

2)

Halloween happened.  This was a "Go pick out something from the costumes we already have" kind of year.  New additions can do that to a family :)


Declan's First Halloween.  He's a bee, but Xander didn't believe it because he didn't have a stinger.  He's a nice bee.


3)

Xander was a lion, and I tried to get a good picture of him, but he was too busy telling me that "The lion needs to pee!" 


In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion pees tonight....

4)

Oh mylanta.  This video cracks me up every time I see it.  You can stop watching right after she says "Doubt it!"  


Especially since having kids.

5)

Alexander eats a squeeze fruit every Mass (yes, we bring snacks to keep him quiet and yes, it needs to stop because he's 3 now).  He is always curious to know exactly what he's eating, so when we give it to him, we usually say, for example, "It's Blueberry, Apple, Carrot" and on this day I handed it to him without saying what the ingredients were and he looked at the picture and said:


 "It's Apple, Pear, Leaf"
(close enough)

6) 

Tomorrow is the last game day for FALL SOCCER SEASON 2014!!!

Goodbye 4 practices a week, goodbye 4 games a Saturday.  Hello....basketball season.
Wait, does this mean what I think it means?

7)

Phil and I are on a weight loss challenge in the Martin House.  In three days, he lost 6.5 pounds and I lost 4.5 pounds, then gained back 1.5 pounds on the 4th day.  What!?!?!?!  


Have a great carrot stick eating kind of weekend, my friends!